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Running Up That Hill
The highs and lows of going that bit further
By (author): Vassos Alexander Foreword by: Chrissie Wellington
Vassos Alexander ,

Foreword by :

Chrissie Wellington


Bloomsbury Sport



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
May 08, 2018
Print Run: 3000
$27.00 CAD
Out of print


9.33in x 6.15 x 0.96 in | 360 gr

Page Count:

224 pages


photographic plate section
Bloomsbury Sport
SPORTS & RECREATION / Running & Jogging

Running Up That Hill is a celebration of endurance running. Of running ridiculous distances – through cities, over mountains and across countries. Distances most people couldn't even imagine. But sports presenter Vassos Alexander ishooked!

Why else would he run an ultra in Paris, backwards, having missed the start? Why head to Wales for the world's hardest mountain race with a badly sprained ankle? And why follow in some unforgiving, ancient footsteps and attempt the oldest and toughest footrace on earth, the 153-mile Spartathlon?

There's joy to be found here. Really there is. Vassos recalls his own assaults on these gruelling races, along with ultra-running legends including Scott Jurek, Jasmin Paris, Kilian Jornet, Mimi Anderson and Dean Karnazes. They all testify to the transformative power of endurance running.

It's about the astonishing highs that come from pushing your body to the limit. The confidence and peace when you challenge yourself and succeed. All told, this is a cracking tale of what keeps ultra-distance runners running, mile after mile after mile.

Vassos Alexander is one of the best-known sports reporters in the UK. He presents the sport on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2. He's also the author of the bestsellingDon't Stop Me Now: 26.2 Tales of a Runner's Obsession, also published by Bloomsbury.

"An entertaining read that covers challenges including the 250km Spartathalon and the 100 mile SDW100, via the occasional missing toenail and having to temporarily use a zimmer frame." -The Scotsman

"A witty, informative and authentic narrative about Alexander's experience of longer-distance running adventures!" -Outdoor Fitness

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